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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 1994

Long-Term Dynamics of Hazel Grouse Populations in Source- and Sink-Dominated Pristine Taiga Landscapes

Beshkarev, Aleksandr B.; Swenson, Jon E.; Angelstam, Per; Andren, Henrik; Blagovidov, Aleksei B.


Hazel grouse Bonasa bonasin were censused dong transects every autumn for 30 yr in a source-dominated and a sink-dominated landscape in a pristine taiga forest near the Ural Mountains of European Russia. The source-dominated landscape contained somewhat less than 4.7 times the proportion of source habitat than the sink-dominated landscape. Population density was twice as high in the source-dominated landscape (P = 0.002), but variability was not different (P > 0.10). In the source-dominated landscape there was a residual carry-over effect from par to year, as indicated by a significant autocorrelation in density with a l-yr time lag. However, in the sink-dominated landscape there was no significant autocorrelation with a I-yr time lag. Population trends were stationary over the 30-yr period in both landscapes. Power analyses suggested that autocorrelation with I-yr time lag, i.e. correlation between density in year x and x+l, was better to distinguish source from sink habitats than differences in density or variability.

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1994, Volume: 71, number: 3, pages: 375-380

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    • Angelstam, Per

      • Department of Wildlife Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Andren, Henrik

        • Department of Wildlife Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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